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Retiree Medical Expenses Fall, But They Still Exceed Most People’s Expectations

A study released by Fidelity Investments estimated that a couple, who are enrolled in traditional Medicare and retiring in 2013, will need $220,000 to cover medical costs throughout their retirement.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Expected Retiree Medical Expenses Fall In 2013, But Still Outpace Many Americans' Estimates
After years of increasing health care costs, the outlook is improving for seniors worried about paying their medical bills during retirement. For the second time in the last three years, estimated medical expenses for new retirees have fallen, according to a study released Wednesday by Fidelity Investments. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year would need $220,000 on average to cover medical expenses, an 8 percent decrease from last year's estimate of $240,000. The study assumes a life expectancy of 85 for women and 82 for men (5/15).

The Wall Street Journal’s Total Return: Retiree Health Costs Get Cheaper
Here’s a twist: Health-care expenses should cost 8% less for a 65-year-old couple retiring this year compared with last year, according to new research by Fidelity Investments. A 65-year-old couple retiring in 2013 is estimated to need $220,000 to cover medical expenses throughout retirement, assuming that they are enrolled in traditional Medicare coverage, Fidelity says (Greene, 5/15).

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